Soon-to-be-renamed Big East signs TV deal with CBS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Big East conference will have a new name when it plays games on CBS.
The conference that plans to rename itself this spring has signed a deal with CBS Sports to televise basketball games through the end of the season in 2020. CBS will have the first selection from conference and nonconference games, including those played at neutral sites.
The conference did not reveal financial terms of the deal, which provides up to 12 appearances on CBS each season, half of which will be league games. Starting in 2014, the league’s basketball lineup will include Connecticut, Cincinnati, Temple, South Florida, Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Tulane.
Source: Northwestern interviews Duke’s Collins
Duke assistant Chris Collins has interviewed for the head coach opening at Northwestern, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The person said Collins spoke with Northwestern about the job on Monday. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because Northwestern is not publicly discussing the hiring process.
Collins is a native of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Ill. — roughly 15 miles from the Northwestern campus in Evanston. He’s the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins.
The former Mr. Basketball in Illinois was a star guard for Duke from 1993-96 and played overseas before starting a coaching career that included stints with WNBA’s Detroit Shock and with Tommy Amaker’s staff at Seton Hall.
He joined Mike Krzyzewski’s staff in 2000 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2008.
Collins, who has never been a head coach, interviewed last year for the job at Illinois State — his father’s alma mater — before withdrawing, saying it wasn’t the right fit. The Redbirds ultimately hired Dan Muller from Vanderbilt’s staff.
Buffalo gets name power, hires Hurley as coach
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has hired Bobby Hurley to take over as its men’s basketball coach.
Hurley, who was introduced at a news conference Tuesday, completed his first season as an associate coach at Rhode Island this month, working under his brother, Dan Hurley. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Wagner, also with Dan serving as head coach.
At Buffalo, he takes over for Reggie Witherspoon, who was fired two weeks ago after 14 seasons on the job. Witherspoon went 4-20 this past season.
Hurley, a superstar high school guard while playing for his father, Bob, Sr., in New Jersey in the 1980s, is best known for his playing days at Duke, where he established himself as one of the nation’s top all-time point guards. He led the Blue Devils to three Final Four berths, including 1992, when he was named most outstanding player.
“The appointment of coach Hurley sends a clear statement that the University at Buffalo is committed to bringing big-time college athletics to the western New York community and the state at large,” athletic director Danny White said. “I’m confident after our discussions that he is the right leader to take our program to the next level.
Powell to enter NBA draft
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell wasted little time in making the decision to bypass his final season of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
Powell announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday, and Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson confirmed it later in a statement through the university.
The 6-foot-7 junior just completed his fourth season at Arkansas, finishing second on the team with an average of 14.5 points per game. He returned after missing all but two games last season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
“I wish Marshawn all the best as he moves on to the next stage of his basketball career,” Anderson said. “… I feel that his best basketball is in front of him.”
Arkansas was 19-13 this season, missing the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season.
Anderson wouldn’t speculate last week in a season-ending news conference about whether Powell, or sophomore BJ Young, would leave school early. The second-year coach said he would meet with both, as well as the other members of the Razorbacks, following the Final Four.
Powell, however, appeared to have already made up his mind about turning professional — despite pleas from Arkansas students during the school’s home finale to return to one more season.